AEW owner and President Tony Khan recently appeared on the AEW Unrestricted podcast. The Fulham FC Director of Football discussed several topics during the interview, including the metoric rise of AEW star Darby Allin.
“Darby Allin was a huge part of it, came in and had a few really important matches, and he was chasing the TNT Title” Tony Khan began, discussing the success of AEW in the early going. “And even though he didn’t win it there in that tournament, he went on and had a great 2020 and ended on a really high note for him at Full Gear last year on pay-per-view, winning the TNT title.
“And then he went on to become one of the biggest draws, one of the biggest stars, and really built himself a huge fan base where he was really one of the true big stars in the business” Tony Khan added. “After Darby won the title, he made nine successful defenses, which is the most of any of the TNT Champions.
“He had some great matches, and he drew huge ratings for us. And he brought a lot of new fans and young fans. It’s why we have the youngest fans in wrestling, and honestly, the youngest fans in sports. Last week, out of hundreds of sports programs, number one and number two, lowest median age, the youngest fan base in all sports, Dynamite and Rampage.
Tony Khan on Darby Allin
“We have a great young fan base, and we appreciate it. We’ve got fans of all ages, but it’s really exciting to bring new people into wrestling, and Darby is a huge part of that. Nobody can deny it. He’s become a huge star. and you see it everywhere we go, the kids with their faces painted, half painted up for Darby. So he’s built himself up” Tony Khan concluded.
Here’s the current and updated card for this week’s episode of AEW Dynamite; which will be available on TNT Network in the United States and on FITE TV in Europe and the United Kingdom.
- Venue – Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, OH, US
- Jon Moxley Homecoming – The former AEW Champion makes his return home from Cinncinati following his All Out match against Satoshi Kojima
- All Out Fallout – Wednesday’s episode of AEW Dynamite will feature all of the fallout from the AEW All Out PPV event on Sunday, September 5th from Chicago, Illinois.
- Malakai Black vs Dustin Rhodes – After going through multiple members of the Nightmare Family, notably Cody Rhodes, Brock Anderson and Lee Johnson, Malakai Black gets a shot at Dustin Rhodes